Surviving the Holidays at the Office-Part 2

By Julianna Durie, PLS

The holidays are coming and you made heard “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” 100 times too many…

Do’s and Don’ts of Office Holiday Decorating:

Do Check your Firm’s Handbook and Policies. Many offices have rules about no candles and things that may start a fire or create a mess if left unattended. Your firm may have rules about hanging decorations in your office, such as no nail holes or anything that damages the office furniture.

Do Keep Decorations to Your Own Work Space. You may enjoy hanging holiday ornaments on your desk, but your coworker next to you may not. Always ask permission before adding decorations to the “common areas.” Keep in mind that your coworkers may celebrate different holidays or no holidays in December.

Do Remember that Some People have Allergies. Some people are allergic to pine. Others cannot tolerate strong scents. Keep that in mind before you bring in a pine tree and evergreen scented sprays.

Do Not Use Obnoxious Decorations. I had a coworker that had a musical reindeer that played “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” every time you walked by it. However, her desk was where everyone went into the building and my workspace was next to hers. I got to hear “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at least forty times a day. An attorney finally asked her to put it away after a week of listening to the reindeer. Silent decorations or decorations that you can turn off are easier for your coworkers to tolerate.

Do Not Let Decorations Interfere with your Work or your Coworkers ability to Work. The decorations are usually up for a month. It may seem like a good idea to weave Christmas lights around your desk, your chair, and your file cabinets, but if you keep tripping on the lights, that is a liability and accident waiting to happen for you and your coworkers.

Also, try not to be the “Scrooge” at work. Some people love the holidays. They may bring in little holiday knick knacks, put “singing” Christmas soap in the kitchen and every greeting starts with “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.” Unless it affects the work product or the clients, a little holiday cheer should be accepted with a smile. This only lasts a month and you will be building better relationships with your coworkers vs. replying “Bah Humbug” every time someone wishes you “Merry Christmas.”

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